#AutismSpectrumDisorder; GenevaCentreforAutism; #LisaThompson; #professionaldevelopment; #Ontario; #education
Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Ontario government is building on existing programs and increasing supports for educators to well prepare boards to help ensure students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) feel safe and supported in their classrooms, media reports said.
ASD s a range of neurodevelopmental disorders making individuals often hyper sensitive to sensory stimuli and have problems in social communication and social interaction, restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities, and problems creating and keeping relationships, and maintaining a job
Realizing that student success as number one priority, Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Education said, "We're...ensuring both students and educators receive the support they need to succeed...to assist students with autism...and making sure we fill any gaps when it comes to promoting professional development."
Ontario ia fully subsidizing an ASD-specific Additional Qualification course for teachers to promote professional learning and double funding to the Geneva Centre for Autism -- an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training -- including components responsive to enrollment of students with high needs by providing funding to all 72 school boards with an average of $12,300 to make sure there are proper supports available during the transition from therapy to school.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)